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1986 Ford Escort vs. 1978 Opel Rekord

To start off, 1986 Ford Escort is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1978 Opel Rekord. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1978 Opel Rekord would be higher. At 1,978 cc (4 cylinders), 1978 Opel Rekord is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1978 Opel Rekord (100 HP) has 41 more horse power than 1986 Ford Escort. (59 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1978 Opel Rekord should accelerate faster than 1986 Ford Escort. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1978 Opel Rekord weights approximately 210 kg more than 1986 Ford Escort. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1978 Opel Rekord is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1978 Opel Rekord. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1986 Ford Escort, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1978 Opel Rekord (148 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 38 more torque (in Nm) than 1986 Ford Escort. (110 Nm @ 2500 RPM). This means 1978 Opel Rekord will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1986 Ford Escort.

Compare all specifications:

1986 Ford Escort 1978 Opel Rekord
Make Ford Opel
Model Escort Rekord
Year Released 1986 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1751 cc 1978 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 59 HP 100 HP
Torque 110 Nm 148 Nm
Torque RPM 2500 RPM 3800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 95 mm
Engine Stroke Size 82 mm 69.8 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 21.5:1 9.0:1
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 910 kg 1120 kg
Vehicle Length 4090 mm 4600 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1380 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2670 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 65 L


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